Recovery is like a road trip. Both are about the journey and not the destination. Just like your road trip may have both the excitement of new places and the frustration of traffic, your recovery journey will have its ups and downs.
Recovery is Possible
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) more than 9% of people over 12 years old in the United States have a drug or alcohol condition. If you are thinking about entering a drug and alcohol recovery program, you are entering a new phase of your journey. You are in good company; as many as 25 million people in the U.S. are in recovery from an addiction.
The Journey is the Goal
A Chinese proverb states “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Your first step towards recovery will be one of many. Because recovery is different for everyone, you will need to find to your own path, but you do not need to do it alone. By seeking treatment, you are connecting yourself with other people who can help you along your journey.
Inpatient Treatment Can Help
Many people who are recovering from a drug or alcohol disorder find inpatient care to be a helpful start to the journey. Inpatient treatment has several important strengths:
- You will be safe and have access to professional support 24/7.
- You will not have to test your resolve around temptations of drugs, alcohol, or negative influences.
- You can focus completely on your recovery without distractions.
- You will be surrounded with other people working towards the same goal.
Inpatient treatment is a temporary support that can help you to overcome the initial crisis period and to begin learning how to be sober. After you complete your treatment, you will be better prepared for the next stage.
Recovery is Ongoing
Towards the end of your inpatient treatment, you will work with your supports to develop an individualized plan for outpatient success. Recovery from addiction is an ongoing journey. Finding the right supports and choosing techniques that work for you are vital to staying sober.
As you begin your journey, focus on taking it one step at a time. Making the decision to get help may feel scary and you may initially doubt your ability to continue. If you are feeling this way, an inpatient treatment program may be a way to build confidence in yourself and to develop relationships with people who can support you every day of your journey. As you go along, remember that every flat tire on your road trip will be followed by a beautiful sunrise around the next corner.